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Conor: "My question is when there's going to be some answers!? No Q&A for AGES"
Neil: Calm down Conor. Salvation is here!

Colin Gault: "Can you tell me when the new series of Cold Case is on Sky as the premiere pages said 14 November but this was incorrect."
Neil: For reasons unknown to me, Cold Case was cruelly yanked from the schedules at the last minute. It's now been re-inserted as part of February's lineup.

Laura: "Hi Neil, loving the more updated column. Any idea when Channel 4 will show the second series of Brothers & Sisters as I understand it has begun in the States?"
Neil: Everything is up in air because of the seemingly-neverending writers' strike - only 12 of 23 B&S eps have been made - so as it stands, my guess would be summer 2008. And given the performance of the first season, I wouldn't rule out it becoming an E4-only show...

Adam: "Hi - Quick question - any news on when Five will start showing the next series of Grey's Anatomy? (S3) Thanks!"
Neil: Sometimes there are benefits to being a season or two behind the US. The last I heard Grey's season three was scheduled for early February on Five.

Shell Reed: "Hi, any news on the new series of ER and Supernatural? Am having serious withdrawals!"
Neil: ER (13 episodes produced) is still on course for a January TX on Channel 4. It also moves from E4 to More4 this season (a much more sensible home). As for Supernatural (12 episodes produced), it is likely to be late January / early February on ITV2 but this is still uncertain because of the strike.

Oz: "I notice that Chuck and Life have both been picked up for full seasons in the states (if the writers strike ever ends). Was wondering if these have been bought by any UK channel yet? Liking the look of Chuck in particular and still hoping that Bionic Woman is picked up... what are the chances? Love your column by the way!"
Neil: Life has been happily snapped up by ITV3 but disappointingly, Chuck has yet to find a home. Sad smiley? Sad smiley.

GC: "Hi Neil. Seeing as the BBC are showing The Shadow In The North over Christmas, do you know if they will repeat last year's, The Ruby In The Smoke again this year? Many Thanks"
Neil: There is no repeat planned for Ruby in the Smoke on any of the BBC's "family of channels", but the new instalment has been scheduled for Sunday, December 30 at 9pm.

abi: "Any news on whether more 4 (or even channel 4) will be showing season 3 of The Closer? Fingers crossed it'll be over here soon!"
Neil: The Closer is currently due to return to More4 in March.

Laura: "Hi there. Love tube talk. Would like to know when Dexter is hitting our screens again?"
Neil: It'll be next summer before the second season premieres on FX, I'm told. However, good news for terrestrial viewers as ITV has snapped up the second-run rights to the show. It will air on ITV4 and ITV1 (yes, ITV1!) from the new year.

Mark: "Hi, Now that Season One of House has finished on Five US and Hallmark appear to have stopped showing it, are there any plans to show Seasons Two and Three anywhere?"
Neil: Good news - House returns to Five US with reruns of season two in January.

Jane Jordon: "When will we get to see Criminal Minds next series, will it be on Living again?"
Neil: Indeed it will. Criminal Minds (12 of 22 episodes produced) is now an exclusive VMTV product, which means first runs on Living and no airings on Five.

matt: "When is season 5 of One Tree Hill being shown in the UK and what channel will it be on?"
Neil: One Tree Hill's heavily revamped fifth season (12 episodes produced) airs in the US from January, with a UK airing on E4 likely following in the summer.

Tom: "Hey Neil, I saw a few episodes of Pushing Daisies when I was stateside and thought it was great! When are ITV planning to show it?? How far did its filming get before the strike? I can't see it on the WGA Strike page..."
Neil: Nine episodes were produced before the strike began, with the last airing in the US this Wednesday, December 12. I would expect a late Spring launch on ITV1.

Maff Mace: "Is there any chance of a pan-European MTV channel launching again like MTV Europe used to be? MTV used to have character, with VJ's on all day and music programmes with guests. Reading various forums including Digital Spy's everyone is fed up of MTV UK and EVERYONE has fond memories of MTV Europe. Surely it can't be that hard to do, and with technology these days they can have localised adverts which seemed to be the problem as to why MTV Europe was localised in the 1st place. Speak to anyone about MTV Europe and you'll get a smile, but mention MTV UK and there's hatred. Bring back MTV Europe, Bring back Ray Cokes!"
Neil: End rant? I actually spoke to the head of MTV UK, Heather Jones, a few weeks ago about this and related issues. She explains: "MTV is the parent brand and MTV One is our entertainment channel, that by the way features all our big music shows like the EMAs, so there is still music on MTV One. But we have a bunch of other channels that are totally dedicated to music - MTV Base, MTV Two, MTV Hits, MTV Dance, MTV Flux - they are all music-focused channels. So to say that MTV has given up on music is just not true. MTV One has a much bigger focus on entertainment than music but we also deliver much more targeted types of music to those fans across the rest of the network. My ambition running these channels is to say 'let's be shameless about the fact that we are music and entertainment'. The fact is that 70% of viewing to the music section of the EPG comes in through MTV One. They're coming in because they want to see those entertainment shows that are really unique and that no-one else would dare to show. From there they go on to the music lifestyle channels. We're putting out way more hours of music than we ever did because we have so many more channels." Look out for the full interview in the coming weeks.

Tom: "Hi Neil, do you have any idea when ITV2 will air season 3 of the The Office: An American Workplace?"
Neil: It's in ITV2's Winter (January-March) lineup along with Entourage!

Paul: "What the hell?! Sorry to start the message sounding angry but I'm furious!! Not at you of course Neil, but at bloody ITV! Everwood Season Four premiered today on British TV screens. Two brand new episodes back to back! Woohoo, you'd think right? They started at 9.00am on ITV3!! With no prior warning, no advertisement, no e-mail to any of the fans who'd been hounding them. What sort of channel puts a programme like that on ITV at nine in the morning when obviously no one whatsoever is going to be watching?! And it's not repeated at all. I've checked. Season Four, episodes three and four air next Saturday from 10.30am. So we've missed the first two episodes for sure. Not only that, but they are playing Season 1 episodes, during the day, everyday. Is this TV scheduling gone completely mad?! I've never heard of anything so rediculous! I never usually write and complain because I don't see the point, but I think this calls for it! I'm so angry I could scream!!"
Neil: End rant take two? For the record I'm on your side. This was a strangely silent burn-off, with not even the slightest mention in any press or scheduling briefs. The fourth season has been playing out in double bills on Saturday mornings since the start of November, with episodes 12 and 13 due to air next week (15th). What do you think (not you, Paul, I think that's clear - you, dear readers) of ITV's behaviour? Are you glad to finally have the fourth season but annoyed at its scheduling? How much have you missed? Add your views at the bottom of this column to vent your anger.

Maysie: "After watching episode 5 of Nearly Famous please, please give me some scoop for the season finale- especially regarding Lila and Owen if possible?!?! I have to say i am loving Nearly Famous and think it may be better than Skins which is hard for a die-hard Skins fan to say!"
Neil: Hurrah, a Nearly Famous fan! Keep your eyes peeled as I'll have a preview of the finale later this week.

Ronan O'Flaherty: "Hey Neil! Any news on the third season of Hotel Babylon? I can't wait for it to come back!!"
Neil: It's back on BBC One and BBC HD from January. Guests on the third season include John Barrowman, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Megan Dodds, Anita Dobson, Jeremy Sheffield, Alan Davies, Paula Abdul, Nicola Stephenson, Lesley Garrett, Lee Sharpe, Mark Bannerman, Donna Air, James Lance and Don Gilet. Yes, Paula Abdul!


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